What are the best veterinary journals

10 manuscripting tips for a publication

  1. Pick the appropriate magazine

Many manuscripts are returned immediately after submission because the topic of the manuscript is “out of scope” of the journal in question. Experimental work is hardly suitable for a magazine that is primarily aimed at resident veterinarians. On the other hand, a case report will only be given a chance in a more scientifically oriented journal if it is an unusual case (although a case report should generally be characterized by peculiarities).


  1. Follow the manuscript guidelines

Many magazine publishers, especially those of international journals, rigorously send back manuscripts if they do not comply with the manuscript guidelines. A look at the websites of the magazines helps to avoid unnecessary loss of time. Subsequent reformatting of the references is particularly labor-intensive. Here you can manage your own literature using a final grade® or ReferenceManager® Significant advantages: With just a few clicks, references can be created in the desired formatting.


  1. Short, meaningful title and clear structure of the work

In the case of the title, formulations such as "On the meaning of X with special consideration of Y" are antiquated. If a longer title cannot be avoided, a breakdown into main and subtitles is recommended.

Introduction, material and methods, results, discussion - what is so easy to read is often disregarded. Frequent mistakes include: Anticipating the discussion in an excessively long introduction, possibly with repetition of the same sentences in the discussion, description of the method first or as a repetition in the "Results" section (eg: "The animals were divided into three groups according to their lactation performance. In group A there was ...“), Discussion of individual results already in the results section.


  1. Careful wording of the text and checking for errors

Good German delights the reviewers and later the readers. Avoid

  • similar sentence constructions one after the other: It became ... The X became ... Then became ...
  • the auxiliary verb be: Common symptoms are… À Common symptoms include
  • Passive constructions: Treatment with X was carried out by the veterinarian. à The veterinarian performed an X treatment.
  • Narrative style and superfluous: A chest radiographic examination was then performed. A rounded increase in circumference was found.
    à The radiological examination of the thorax revealed a rounded increase in circumference.
    If the heading reads “Laboratory Diagnostic Findings”, there is no need for an introductory sentence such as During the laboratory diagnostic examination it was found that ...

Often, manuscripts submitted contain many grammatical and spelling errors. This is unreasonable for the reviewers and delays the review process. It is therefore advisable to use a spell checker in the word processing program, to ask an uninvolved person to check it and / or to study the text critically again after a day's break. Make sure you explain abbreviations when you mention them for the first time and use a uniform spelling for terms (no problem with the search and replace function in Word).


  1. No duplicate presentation of the results

If extensive results can be summarized and presented in tables or graphics, these should not be repeated in all details in the text. Such a long list is difficult for the reader to grasp and affects reading pleasure. It is sufficient to mention the most important results, summarize trends if necessary and refer to the figures and tables for details.


  1. Figures / tables and their legends

Here, too, it is advisable to take a look at the manuscript guidelines, because the journals have different specifications regarding the number of images, image quality and the required formats. Frequent mistakes with graphics: inconsistent font size, fonts that are too small (note that the images in the booklet may have to be printed downsized). In the case of very large tables, the question arises as to whether their content is really so interesting for the reader that he can study them, or whether it is better not just to make them available as additional material (see point 7).
Finally, a comparison should be made between the text and figures / tables. This prevents changes in the course of the manuscript creation, for example in the text, without corresponding updating of the table contents.


  1. Additional online material

Many magazines now publish appendices to articles on their website as “supplementary material”. This can be extensive individual results in tabular form, additional images or video recordings.


  1. English language publications

English-language publications should always be proofread by a native speaker with the appropriate specialist knowledge (in some cases this is even required in the manuscript guidelines), unless the English is really excellent. Poor English is one of the most common reasons for a manuscript to be rejected internationally. Many journals offer a list of translation / editing agencies on their homepages that can be commissioned to revise the manuscript.


  1. Revision phase

Comments by the reviewers are only used to improve the manuscript. So: Do ​​not suspect any harassment behind some questions and criticisms, but rather learn to appreciate the expertise of the reviewers. In the best case, the result is a clearly structured, easily understandable article, which can only be in its own sense.

It is customary to quote the reviewers' comments and comment on each individual. This requires the valuation of the usually voluntary expert work and helps to speed up the second assessment. Basically, however, the following applies: Not every reviewer's comment has to be implemented. If you have a technically justifiable different opinion, this can definitely be formulated in the answer to the reviewer.


After publication

Once the article has appeared, publishers are now also happy when authors post a reference to the publication in social media channels such as Twitter, Facebook, Mendeley or ResearchGate. However: Please always only with the metadata or your own manuscript version plus a link to the corresponding journal page, not with the publisher's version! With acceptance and publication of the article, the copyright rests with the publisher, unless otherwise agreed.


Dr. Andrea Schürg, Schattauer Verlag, magazine editor
November 2014


The veterinary medical journals are published by Schattauer Verlag
Veterinary practice, issue of large / farm animals and issue of small animals / pets (www.tieraerztliche-praxis.de)
- Veterinary and Comparative Orthopedics and Traumatology, VCOT (www.vcot-online.com)

Dr. Lisa Leiner

Dr. Lisa Leiner
Miss Dr. Lisa Leiner is a veterinarian and a qualified biologist with a focus on behavioral physiology and psychology. Until 2019, her main focus as the founder and managing director of VetStage was personnel consulting and acquisition on behalf of colleagues.
Since 2019 she has been strengthening the team around Tierarzt Plus Partner in order to be able to work even more specifically for her own practices.
As the author of the book "Stress and Time Management for Veterinarians", she writes articles for VetStage magazine on topics such as self-management, communication, leadership skills and team leadership.